Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Bill That Would Let B.C. Voters Choose Senators Aimed at Generating Debate

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Bill That Would Let B.C. Voters Choose Senators Aimed at Generating Debate

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Senate bill to get people talking: minister

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VICTORIA - B.C.'s Liberal government has introduced -- but doesn't intend to pass -- legislation that would allow voters to elect Senate nominees.

Attorney General Shirley Bond said Wednesday Elections BC would administer the process and voters would cast ballots for Senate nominees in conjunction with or independent of a provincial election.

The bill was introduced into the legislature in Victoria less than a month after the federal Conservatives announced they're referring several questions on Senate reform to the Supreme Court of Canada and less than three months before British Columbians head to the polls.

"We are going to allow British Columbians to look at what comprehensive Senate legislation might look like, but obviously we don't intend to attach it to the provincial election, and so in fact we're going to leave it on the order paper," said Bond.

"We don't intend to pass the bill this session."

Under the bill, ballots could be cast in person or even by mail, and elected nominees would be recommended to the prime minister for appointment to the upper chamber. …

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